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The Gift of Reading #StoriesForLife

For me there is simply nothing better than curling up with a good book. Particularly at this time of year, when the weather is cold and the nights are dark. It’s lovely to draw the curtains, light up the fire and get lost in another world.

As a child I always had my nose in a book. I loved to read, and it’s something I’ve carried with me in to adulthood. I’m still a book worm, I still love to get lost inside a good story. I love that a good book can do that; Sweep you off your feet, take you on a journey in to the unknown.

My ultimate read as a child was definitely Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree series. I can still remember the excitement I felt each time they climbed the tree, wondering what magical land we would be going to this time. I could be hand in hand with Moonface in The Land of Do As You Please without ever leaving my bedroom. That truly is the magic of reading. Fortunately, I still have my copies of the Faraway Tree books, and will be able to pass on the magic to my children. Hopefully they’ll love them as much as I did.

I think books make a lovely present at Christmas time. Perhaps as part of a book advent, popped in to a Christmas Eve box or as a little present for someone on Christmas day. The gift of reading is one that keeps on giving, long after the Christmas holidays are over.

This Christmas I’m thankful, because I received a lovely little package containing three books. The people over at Britmums and Penguin Random House have teamed up for their #StoriesForLife campaign encouraging people to give their loved ones the gift of reading this Christmas.

The first book inside the package was Tom Fletcher The Christmasaurus, a magical Christmas Tale set in the north pole featuring  a very curious dinosaur. This book will be a gift for the family, as I know we’ll all enjoy this one. We all thoroughly enjoyed Tom’s ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped’ series, so I’m very excited to get started on this.

The second book was Terry Pratchett’s The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner. Sir Terry Pratchett is an absolute legend when it comes to children’s books. I will be gifting this one to my son, who at almost 8 is starting to read with great fluency and loves a funny story. This collection of 14 funny stories will be right up his street!

The third and final book in the package was Jacqueline Wilson’s Clover Moon which I will be gifting to Caitlin. While Caitlin is still developing her reading, this can be something we can read together a chapter at a time. I was a big fan of Wilson’s books as a child. She’s a wonderful advocate for girls in literature, and reading her books as a child inspired me, and hopefully will inspire Caitlin.

What was your favourite read as a child. Is it something you will share with your children?

I received these books free of charge from Penguin Random House Children’s books and Britmums however all words and opinions are my own.

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